Bergheim Hiking Route and Resort


 

Bergheim is situated in the northern part of the Magaliesberg mountains, not far from Rustenburg in North West Province. The resort offers great hiking opportunities for people who need to break away for the day from the city and the shopping malls. Bergheim is also ideal for a camping or caravanning weekend and has a swimming pool braai facilities and tuck shop.

 
         
 

The path starts from the camping grounds and heads towards the distant mountains and in particular a deep gorge. The trail passes alongside a beautiful rock strewn stream for some distance until the sides of the mountain are reached. Here the hiker has the option of climbing up either the left hand or right hand side of the gorge, (the left hand seems slightly steeper).

 
 
         
 
  Once the top is reached, the terrain evens out and becomes much easier.  
         
 

At the top a beautiful stream provides an ideal place for a rest and something to eat (and maybe even a swim).

 
 
         
 

Photo taken from the top of the gorge

 

Once the turnaround has been made it does not take long for the decent especially if a cold beer is waiting and the promise of some meat cooked over a slow braai fire.

 

Conclusion

 

A day hike at Bergheim makes for a good days outing, but it should be noted that the walk is largely unmarked and therefore needs a fare amount of orienteering to prevent getting lost. However, if you keep the gorge and stream in consideration, it should not present any problems. The climb to the top can be strenuous especially in summer and it is important to have an early start and take plenty of drinking water along (2 litres recommended).

 

Contact

Bergheim's telephone number is

014 537 2363


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